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Operation LIPSTICK: A Case Study in Propaganda and Counter Insurgency
Late last month Open Media Boston posted an article titled Antiviolence Activists Join City Officials To Launch MBTA-Wide Ad Campaign. The campaign in question was for Operation LIPSTICK, aka Ladies Involved In Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killings, an organization that is attempting to reduce shootings in neighborhoods of color by convincing women to stop buying guns for felons (who are legally barred from owning firearms). LIPSTICK is an offshoot of a nonprofit group called Citizens for Safety, who describe themselves as "a community coalition working to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and youths without abridging the freedoms of law-abiding Americans." The OMB article is essentially a puff piece. The author, Dave Goodman, expresses some skepticism about the efficacy of the MBTA ad campaign, but none about LIPSTICK or their mission, even claiming that "it’s extremely difficult to question the motivations behind the campaign."

Unfortunately, it's actually pretty easy. Even a cursory look at LIPSTICK's strategy and methods reveals a deeply problematic organization that is likely doing far more harm than good. To see why, read on.
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13 Mar 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Gender : Media : Police and Prisons : Race
March Against Mass Incarceration Invades Downtown
mass_incarceration_march.pngA 200-plus strong march against mass incarceration made its way through downtown Boston today, stopping at the Suffolk County jail and the Department of Mental Health.

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08 Dec 2013 | Filed under: News / Gender : GLBT/Queer : Police and Prisons
Boston IWW's Statement of Solidarity with Survivors of Gender-based Violence
Statement of Solidarity with Survivors of Gender-based Violence and Condemnation of the PLP’s Defense of Rape and Class Reductionism
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05 Feb 2013 | Filed under: Announcement / Gender : Human Rights : Labor : Organizing
No Room for Wishing, a documentary play about Occupy Boston
No Room For Wishing Image.jpegLocal theatre artist Danny Bryck performs his one-man documentary play "No Room for Wishing," chronicling the story of the occupation of Dewey Square, using the exact words of the people involved. Co-produced by Company One and Central Square Theater, playing at the Boston Center for the Arts this weekend and Central Square Theater 9/30-10/9.
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23 Sep 2012 | Filed under: Announcement / Education : Environment : Gender : Globalization : Human Rights : Labor : Media : Occupy Boston : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
Will AB 2530 Unshackle Childbirth in California? --An interview with Tina Reynolds and Vikki Law
Imagewomanshackled.jpgA bill opposing the shackling of pregnant prisoners, AB 2530, has been passed unanimously by the California State Legislature and is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, with thirty days to either approve or veto it. Last year, a previous version of this bill was also passed unanimously by the Legislature, but it was ultimately vetoed by Brown. With Brown’s decision expected anytime, local activists are urgently mobilizing to stop him from vetoing this important bill once again. AB 2530 supporters have created a webpage for the public (not just California residents) to contact the Governor.
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07 Sep 2012 | Filed under: Interview / Gender : Human Rights : Organizing
2nd Annual Boston Anarchist Bookfair Announcement
boston anarchist bookfair.jpgWe are announcing Boston’s Second Annual Anarchist Bookfair (November 9-11, 2012). Hosted at Simmons College by the rad folks of the Progressive Librarians Guild, this bookfair will contain amazing organizations and publishers, workshops, and a return of our Anarchist Film Festival.
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25 Jun 2012 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Gender : Gentrification : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Labor : Media : Organizing
Rage Against Fascism
rage against fascism flyer.jpgIn commemoration of an antifascist Sharp (skinhead Against Racial Prejudice), Jan Kucera, who was stabbed to death by Nazis in CZ on January 18, 2008, Boston Antifa will be hosting a show and fundraiser benefit for Anti-Nazi activists facing charges from the National Socialist Movement conference and march in Trenton, NJ during the weekend of April 16, 2011.

The show will take place February 4th at 8:00 PM at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave in Chinatown.
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27 Jan 2012 | Filed under: News / Gender : GLBT/Queer : Organizing : Race
Boston Anarchist Bookfair (November 11-13)
boston-a-bookfair_8x11.jpgBoston Anarchists have become a favorite scapegoat of Mayor Menino and the chief of the Boston Police Department. Come see what all the fuss is about in a weekend of resistance to authoritarianism, oppression, and capitalism! We will host workshops, presentations and vendors from all over New England and the U.S. In addition, we will present the first ever Boston Anarchist Film Festival! You don't have to be an anarchist to attend-- this event is about sharing, listening and collaboration. Come explore the possibilities of collective liberation!
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08 Nov 2011 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Gender : Globalization : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
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